As one may assume, there are not many organizations in place today that can actively combat criminal organizations behind prison walls. That task is more so left up to the United States Justice system to place certain “high risk” offenders in prisons separate of those where there is a heavy gang presence. While not much can be done about current inmates, the Southern Poverty Law Center (splv.org) does an excellent job of raising awareness of bringing to public attention as much information is as available.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy we work toward the day where our ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be reality” (SPLC).
Above is a quote from their website regarding their mission statement as an organization. Obviously, the SPLC is a large organization dedicating their time and resources to combating racial and ethnic injustices through aiding in court cases and provided legal support for those pursuing justice. Their reach covers over many different factions of hate and bigotry from migrant workers to protecting children from hateful influences to aiding in taking down some of the nations largest hate groups in multimillion dollar court cases. The organization was founded by Morris Dees, a successful lawyer and publisher, who sought to “provide a voice for the disenfranchised”(SPLC) through starting a civil rights law practice. He later joined with another lawyer to expand their practice and since then the SPLC has taken down some of the nations most notorious hate groups along with defending others in need.
Above is a picture provided by the SPLC on where concentration of hate groups have a presence across the United States. While the SPLC does not deal directly with Aryan prison gangs themselves, they do an impeccable job of keeping trials of members of these gangs in the public eye and re-post articles on their website about the happenings of these court cases. Most noticeably, I cited an “intelligence report” (term used for documents posted by the SPLC of their gathered intelligence of court cases) about the indictment of Barry Mills and Tyler Bingham on their high profile death penalty case. Furthermore, any news of arrests or court cases made public also find themselves officially published on the website to provide updates on the fight against hate. If you consider the phrase, “knowledge is power”, then the SPLC has done an extraordinary job of empowering its supporters the most current and up to date knowledge not only on court cases but on any group considered “hateful” such as the Ku Klux Klan or The Skinheads. The more that is publicly know about these groups, the more that can be done to combat their efforts to perpetuate hate.
Once an individual is sentenced and incarcerated, the reach of SPLC shortens because the inmate is now officially in the hands of the Justice System. So in an attempt to educate the public about the racist ideologies these groups hold outside and (loosely) hold inside prison, they post articles dealing with how to “recognize”hate and shelter your children and yourself from the propoganda they offer. Overall I believe that the SPLC offers a vast database of information to educate yourself about the racism that exists and help stay current on the U.S. Justice system in their attempt to take down these groups inside and outside of prison.